Info, Tools & Resources for Schools (Teachers, Students and Parents)
With school closures and calendar adjustments, many are banding together to share resources and some software companies are allowing teachers discounted or free access to educational tools. Here’s what we’ve gathered so far, in the categories of Information, Tools, Articles and Parent/Student Resources.
Information and Resource Curation
Official Adventist Education website compiled especially for this current challenge. Bookmark this to keep up with the latest news, find sample communication language to send out to your constituencies, and access resources especially for our schools.
TDEC/Adventist Education Resources Specifically for Home Learning
The official Adventist Education website compiled recommended resources for both student and teacher while school campuses are closed.
Tools & Media
Post and receive classwork, and even facilitate class discussions online with Google’s popular education management platform. Thousands of our teachers are utilizing this resource to keep classwork progressing.
User-friendly video conferencing software. Many teachers are using it to connect with their students, hold class discussions and teach lessons. Can be used for one-on-one calls or group calls with a presenter. Use on your computer, phone or tablet.
Stay in touch with your class and help them track schedules and deadlines and download assignments.
Unify all your communication tools, manage assignments, create polls and surveys, divide up groups by grades, and more.
This group text app is free and allows you to create custom groups to send out mass text announcements
Record what’s happening on your own screen into a shareable video file
Record videos and screencasts while also recording yourself through your webcam. Easy sharing via link as your videos are stored on Loom’s server, so you don’t have to deal with video files. Allows comments on video and other elements of participation.
A storybook creation app by Reading Rockets that allows kids to add pictures and recordings of their own voices. It caters to grades 1-4 especially, allowing them the opportunity to create stories.
A game-based learning platform that allows you to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Self-paced challenge mode is a free feature already available for all educators. Students can complete self-paced games by themselves at home, on a mobile device or computer. Teachers can use advanced reports to facilitate formative assessment and adjust instruction based on student performance. The premium version allows teachers to put together a bank of school-wide educational games and collaborate with other teachers in their school. This premium version is now FREE because of the current lockdown situation.
Helps teachers reach each of their students in the way they learn best. Freckle provides fun yet challenging practice activities that match various learning styles. Students can track their progress over time.
A platform that allows you to take any video and make it interactive. As the teacher, you can track if your students are watching the videos you assign and how many times they’ve watched it. You can add your own voice narration and questions to any video (you can use educational, subject-specific free videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more). They even have the ability for you to record your own video and upload it. The best part: The Pro Version is now FREE because of the current difficulties teachers are facing.
Free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers around the world
Due to the current circumstances, ReadWorks has compiled resources for educators to help them adjust to teaching remotely.
OPENCULTURE.com Free Educational Media
Find a wealth of vetted, curated resources for kids to keep learning even while schools are closed. Content is primarily geared toward elementary-aged kids, though there are several things older kids may enjoy as well, such as this Spaghetti Bridge Engineering Challenge as part of the Dyson Foundation’s Featured STEM Activities, and these free art lessons with Mo Willems where kids can learn techniques and then share their drawings (full episodes list here).
Helpful Articles and How-Tos
6 Ways Adventist Schools Can Leverage Livestreams to Increase Engagement
Livestreaming isn’t just for church services or huge events. Learn what you can do to keep your educational community involved.
How Your Livestream Videos Can Be Reused and Stay Relevant
Every video you have of past school programs, lectures, events, etc., don’t have to just sit in the archives afterward! Learn how to make your livestreamed events have lasting relevance with these repurposing and publishing options.
Students and Parents (and Teachers!): Keep Learning!
With these educational sites and communities you can continue your education even if school isn’t in session, or get up to date on a subject you want to become more familiar with as your kids or students learn about it. Beyond classroom studies, learn skills and trades that are valued in this online community, which is now more active than ever. You can even hone your skills in your favorite hobby.
Starfall Reading Help for K-3
A free public service to help kids learn to read, emphasizing phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity.
A student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books
Due to the current situation, ReadWorks has compiled resources to help parents prepare to support reading comprehension education from home.
These pages will be continually in progress. Keep checking back for updates!